American Sprinter Melissa Jefferson Says She’s ‘Ready’ to Run Against Jamaica’s Dynamic Duo Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce After Winning 100m at U.S. Championships

College student Melissa Jefferson may have stunned with an upset win in Friday’s women’s 100m final, but she says ready for her next big challenge – competing against Jamaica’s dynamic duo next month.

She will be taking on twice double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and reigning world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the world championships, which will be held on the same track where Jefferson just won the US title.

“I have not (run against them) and I’m glad I get the opportunity to,” the relatively unknown Jefferson said after blazing a wind-assisted 10.69 seconds to beat favorite Aleia Hobbs in a race missing top U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson.

Richardson was eliminated in Thursday’s preliminaries.

“I’m ready for any challenge and anything that may come my way,” Jefferson said.

She has come a long way in a matter of weeks. The Coastal Carolina University sophomore was a mere eighth in the NCAA women’s 100 metres final, running 11.24 seconds earlier this month.

That’s a far cry from Thompson-Herah’s personal best of 10.54 in Eugene last year and the 10.60 Fraser-Pryce clocked in 2021. Fraser-Pryce leads the world this year with a 10.67.

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SOURCE: The Independent, Gene Cherry